As winter retreats and spring makes its welcome appearance, our days lengthen and temperatures begin to rise, both of which send a clear signal to the birds that breeding season has arrived. From March until July, the male songbirds compete to secure a mate and defend their territory. He who sings loudest wins the healthiest female (or maybe the hottest chick as it were) and the best feeding grounds.
To be full of the joys of Spring, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is to be lively and cheerful. At this time, with the spring equinox and with the clocks springing forward, it is perhaps a good time to contemplate the why and how of springtime joyfulness.
The Lady in the Lodge tells us how a Garden Annexe could be the perfect solution for our ageing population
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to start their families later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. The so called “sandwich generation” are finding themselves caring for both children and aging parents (often living a fair distance away) and, for many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. Yet, for all but a few, the notion of moving their elderly loved ones in to their own family home is both impractical and intolerable.
There are very good reasons why we clad most of our buildings in red cedar. It is beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cedar has a considerable naturally resistance to decay and should last a good 40 or 50 years without the need for any significant maintenance.
The festive season is fast approaching and our minds are awash with Christmas preparations: food to procure and prepare; gifts to buy, wrap and dispatch; decorations and diplomacy; family and friends. The lists are endless, but before we know it the scraps of paper covered in hasty scrawl will have been discarded along with the wrapping paper and the turkey leftovers and we will be left with the looming spectre of the New Year reboot.